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Life-saving Christmas gift ideas for hunters

Dec. 6, 2017

A colleague once received a pair of jumper cables from his father-in-law for Christmas. The only response he could give was, “Thanks, I hope I never need them.” They may not have had the charm of a new set of golf clubs, but those jumper cables have bailed him out of more serious trouble than any sand wedge. Life jackets and safety harnesses fall into that category of unexciting gifts, but they may be the only things under the tree this Christmas that could save your loved one’s life.

Memorialize their first outdoors adventure with first duck, first deer certificates from AGFC

Dec. 6, 2017

Want to memorialize those unforgettable first hunting moments? The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has a special way to say, “Welcome to the hunting community,” with customizable certificates that can be given to a person for their first success in the field.

AGFC and partners to hold public meeting on forest management practices on Poison Springs State Forest

Dec. 6, 2017

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Forestry Commission and The Nature Conservancy will hold a special public meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 12, to present and discuss future changes in forest management. The meeting will be held at the AGFC Camden office at 500 Ben Lane, Camden, Arkansas. Topics will include:

Waterfowl deaths linked to avian cholera

Nov. 29, 2017

During the last four weeks, waterfowl have been reported dead at seven localized areas in northeast and east central Arkansas. Four of these incidents included white-fronted geese (specklebellies) and a small number of dabbling ducks. Three other incidents have included mostly snow geese. Tests are still pending for some birds found dead, but test results from the first case indicated those birds died from avian cholera.

 

Warm afternoons fuel year-round fishing fever

Nov. 29, 2017

Is it bass season yet?” and “I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to get the boat out of storage and go fishing,” are two statements common in many parts of the U.S. that Arkansans may find confusing.

Talk or text, just turn poachers in

Nov. 29, 2017

Since the passage of Amendment 75, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has made it a priority to increase the amount of enforcement in every county of The Natural State. Each county has at least two officers assigned to patrol its woods and waters, and officers work together to target heavily used areas during certain times of the year. But with all these added men and women, the AGFC has only 180 wildlife officers when at full staff.

Fires on Winona and Piney Creeks WMAs stern reminder of dry conditions

Nov. 29, 2017

Hunters, campers and other outdoors enthusiasts should pay particular attention to the dry conditions as they enjoy the outdoors, as it only takes a spark to start what could become an uncontrolled wildfire. The U.S. Forest Service currently is working to contain two wildfires, one on Winona WMA in the Ouachita National Forest, and the other on Piney Creeks WMA in the Ozark National Forest.